Over the first week of the New Year, I was pretty undisciplined about getting in my walks and runs. We were traveling for NYE, and then it took us a couple days to re-establish our routine once we were home, so I got in a run (2.3 mi) on the 29th, and a walk on the 30th and 4th, and that was it.
But this last week I’ve done much better, thanks in large part to my fabulous sister-in-law coming to visit. AM is a mother of two little ones and an instructor for Stroller Strides, who recently completed her first half marathon. It was incredibly motivating to have her here to run with and to talk about post-partum exercise with. Especially since she looks like a damn Victoria’s Secret model–whatever she did after her babies, I want to do that! I really admire her as a mom and athlete. My daughter also adored her, she had lots of good suggestions for non-exercise things like sleep training, and her visit was the perfect pretext for a family trip to the beach and some local wine tasting, so it was good business all around.
But, to the point:
Sunday I did a quick run on my own: 2.5 mi.
Tues family walk 3.1 mi.
Thurs I ran 3.3 on my own, including the first mile at 8:44–it was nice to be able to run more than 5k. This included about 2 miles of straight running with no stoplight breaks–a small victory but nice to know I could do it. I am starting to sincerely enjoy running again.
Fri AM and I ran 3 miles at 10:06
Sat we ran 3.6–but I forgot to turn my timer off and lost track of pace. Probably about 10:00-10:15. However, since AM was doing this burpees countdown challenge, on both this run and Friday’s we stopped midway through for her burpees. I tried…halfheartedly…to join. Friday I think I managed 4! My God! So not any upper body strength these days. Saturday I did 10…but couldn’t pull off the full push-up, it was really more of a plank burpee. But then we did a couple sprints as well (about 100m repeats I’d guess), and I have to say that even though I was so so easily winded and much slower than AM, it felt really good to run full out, if only for a moment.
Today we did about 2/3 of our family walk, and AM passed along this micro-workout for strength conditioning:
30 jumping jacks;
25 high knees
10 crunches (I did 25 bicycles)
5 more pushups (I did 10 on-my-knees pushups instead. So embarrassing)
10 more crunches (I did 25 bicycles)
5 more pushups (10 on my knees)
7 more squats
30 more jumping jacks (have I mentioned the bouncing? I keep laughing at myself because I have literally never needed a sports bra before and now I finally understand what the rest of my gender has been complaining about).
1 minute wall sit (this also was absurdly hard)
5 more pushups (2 real..then 3 on my knees)
25 high knees.
The whole set took me just 8 minutes. I REALLY like having this because it takes so little time and I can do it in my living room whenever I have a short break. The large number of short exercise sets also makes it very non-intimidating. I’ve been having a hard time starting on strength work because 100 crunches, or even 10 inchworms, seems like a lot. This is just little bites of exercise. It feels easy to at least be able to do some of it. I hope to be able to stick with it at least some of this every day, and build toward more. I can already tell I’m going to be sore tomorrow, and part of me feels annoyed with myself that I can be tapped by so little when I used to be able to do so much more. Still, just as with running, with strength work I have to start somewhere, and I’m happy to have started.
19.4 miles for the week (14.4 running and 5 walking)